Educational Programme

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educational program

Holistic approach to education

The founder of the UWC movement, Kurt Hahn, wanted to young people to experience a challenging international educational program, learn social commitment and share profound experiences so that they develop more tolerance and responsibility for their later lives. As UWCs aim to offer a holistic education program, there is therefore an academic and an extracurricular component to the curriculum.


The aim is to let all pupils develop their personal and social identity. At the UWC, they meet other students from different linguistic ​​and cultural background and thus develop openness, empathy and respect towards one another. At the same time, they are encouraged to understand themselves as cosmopolitan citizens and to contribute to the local community.


The academic program at the UWC is the International Baccalaureate (IB), an excellent internationally recognized school diploma equivalent to a Swiss Matura.



The perfect learning environment

We learn best in a good environment. At UWCs, an experienced staff of tutors, teachers and college employees enables individual support for each pupil. Also, guest families help with the acclimatization at the college. Life on the UWC campus is safe and offers opportunities for trips to the nearby, charming landscape.


Living and learning with classmates from more than 100 nations also allows for learning about different ways of life, which hardly any other school can compete with. By mastering challenges together, the students build friendships that remain intact for the rest of their lives.



Learning for life and the future

In addition to school teaching, extracurricular learning is also a central aspect at the UWCs. There are a variety of social and cultural activities at each UWC. This includes the work with elderly people, refugees or on a nearby farm. In addition, the students are able to take part in a wide range of sporting and artistic activities, such as theatre, dance, filmmaking and photography. In UWCs, there is hardly an activity that does not exist.


UWCs strongly encourage individual learning, taking on responsibility, passing on knowledge, overcoming challenges and developing and successfully implementing one's own projects - either alone or in a team. It is all about strengthening self-confidence, attaining one’s personal potential and experiencing new limits.



Best prospects for the future

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is recognized in Switzerland and - through its academic rigor - offers excellent preparation for destinations ranging from university or college to self-employment. Compared to other international schools, UWCs achieve excellent results and top positions in the IB Diploma Ranking (the average score for UWCs is about 15% above the average score at IB schools worldwide). Many UWC students and pupils receive a place at their dream university in Switzerland or abroad.
But UWC also allows for other career tracks. Thus, some of the students also opt for professional training or self-employment. UWC encourages all pupils to find their own path and to be successful in their own way.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programm


The recognition of the IB Diploma in Switzerland



Multilingual campus environment

Almost all courses and extracurricular programs are taught in English - the common conversational language at UWCs. Therefore, after the two years, all students speak fluent English, no matter what level they have started off with. There exists also the possibility to learn the local language at all colleges in non-English-speaking countries.


Teachers and college staff at UWC colleges are predominately native speakers and provide outstanding professional qualifications from a multilingual environment. Because of the constant exposure to them and to English-speaking pupils during a wide range of activities ranging from theatre plays to the daily dinner, English naturally evolves into a perfectly commanded language.



«UWC offers a unique opportunity for young people who want to engage themselves at different levels - academically, socially, interpersonally, creatively - and contribute to the vibrant school community.»

Maria Julia Beck, medical student, University of Berne, UWC Costa Rica 2010-2012